Joan Kjellsen was born on December 25, 1931 in Volga, SD to Otto and Rose Kjellsen. She passed away on September 18, 2020 at the Arlington Care Center (Avantara).
She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. Joan went to elementary school at a Brookings county country school and Arlington elementary and graduated from Arlington High School in 1949. Joan married Gib Moe on March 5, 1950. They were blessed with one son, Timothy, who died in 1966. They lived in Canby and Tyler, MN, Arlington, Madison, Oldham, SD and Renton, WA. She worked as a bookkeeper and receptionist most of her life.. Gib died on April 23, 1990. On March 29, 1994 she married Wesley Rice. They lived in Florence, AZ until Wes' death in 2015. Joan then moved back to an apartment in Arlington, SD to be close to family. In 2018 she moved to the Arlington Care Center where she lived until her death.
Joan enjoyed playing cards, calling and playing bingo, decorating cakes, traveling to Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Japan, China, Mexico and much of the United States brought her much joy. She was also an active volunteer in her church.
Joan is survived by her brothers, Doyle (Karen) Kjellsen of Arlington and DeVonne (Janet) Kjellsen of Brookings, Wesley's five children, numerous nieces, nephew, family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her son Timothy, her parents, both of her husbands, brothers, Dwaune and Darris, sister, Marlene and Sandra.
Funeral services for Joan will be at 2:00 pm on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at the Johnson-Henry Funeral Home in Arlington with Pastor Elisa Berndt McMullen officiating. Burial will be in the Arlington City Cemetry.